Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the subject … More Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

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Sleuth (1972)

BBB (out of 5) Michael Caine is summoned to the estate of famed detective novelist Laurence Olivier to discuss Olivier’s wife, with whom Caine is having an affair.  Happy to be rid of her, Olivier suggests that Caine steal his wife’s jewels from her room, thus providing the younger man the means with which to keep the … More Sleuth (1972)

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Saturn 3 (1980)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1980.  ITC Films.  Story by John Barry, Screenplay by Martin Amis.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Stanley Donen.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Earth is overcrowded and harvesting food has been outsourced to other celestial bodies manned by small crews, including a … More Saturn 3 (1980)

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Staircase (1969)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1969.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Dyer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Stanley Donen.  Music by Dudley Moore.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Clare Rendlesham.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison have been living together for over twenty years, running … More Staircase (1969)

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Jane Eyre (1996)

BBB (out of 5) Strongly acted adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s milestone novel covers vast dramatic territory but fails to scratch beneath the surface. At the heart of it is a pitch perfect performance by Charlotte Gainsbourg as the titular heroine, who goes from being raised in a coldhearted orphanage (the young Jane is played by Anna … More Jane Eyre (1996)

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Hamlet (1990)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is excellent in the title role of the much-depressed Danish prince whose recent loss of his father has put him into a quandary: is it possible to forgive his mother (Glenn Close) for immediately following the death of her husband with the marriage of her husband’s brother? When his father’s … More Hamlet (1990)

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